August 2021 Newsletter

11 August 2021 17:00

University of Sheffield Research Software Engineering Team Newsletter August 2021

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the monthly newsletter from the Research Software Engineering Team at The University of Sheffield.

Quite a lot of developments on open research this month with France’s Second National Plan for Open Science and the UK’s Research councils policy on open access being published, along with a demo version of Octopus - a new publishing model supported by UK Reproducibility Network, eLife and mozilla Science Lab. Closer to home, the University of Sheffield’s Open Research Prize winner has been announced along with an event to celebrate the occasion.

We aim to share our experiences and information of other communities for those using software for research. This newsletter collects interesting events and opportunities over the coming month. It also signposts to other resources that we find beneficial or interesting. You may find the content interesting if you are someone in research using software, are a person paid to develop software (like a Research Software Engineer (RSE)), or are somewhere in-between (a research developer).

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Future Events and Training

LunchBytes: SeptembRSE Satellite Special

Topic: TBD

As part of this year’s SeptembRSE conference (details above), our very own LunchBytes series will be taking part as a satellite session. Get your topic suggestions in on the JamBoard and watch this space for details.


The Conference of Research Software Engineers is returning this year with a fully online event.

6 - 30th September 2021

Registration is now open!

The Open Research Prize

Tue, 14 September 2021 09:30 – 11:00 BST

From the Library:

This spring we were delighted to launch our inaugural open research prize, supporting the University of Sheffield’s Open Research Statement. Join us for a celebration of the winners who will present on their approach to open research, with remarks from Prof Sue Hartley, Vice President for Research, and Anna Clements, University Librarian

git & GitHub through GitKraken - from Zero to Hero!

1st October 2021 - 10:00-16:30

How can we effectively work together on the same code?

This is an introductory course, teaching the git and GitHub skills required to manage research code over it’s development lifecycle. These skills are essential for collaborative research teams.

Write better research software (in Python)

7 October 2021 - 12:30-16:30

How can we write better research software?

If you want the software you make for research to produce trustworthy results and to be reusable by others on different computers, this course will help.

LunchBytes: Better MATLAB, better research

13 October 2021 - 12:00-13:00

Save the date - more details will be announced soon.

RSE Sheffield

The RSE Sheffield team aims to collaborate with you to help improve your research software. We can provide dedicated staff to ensure that you can deliver excellent research software engineering on your research projects.

The RSE Sheffield team provides free Code Clinics (in collaboration with IT Services), plus paid services that allow us to collaborate longer term.

Contact Us

For queries relating to collaborating with the RSE team on projects:

Information and access to JADE II and Bede.

Join our mailing list so as to be notified when we advertise talks and workshops by subscribing to this Google Group.

Queries regarding free research computing support/guidance should be raised via our Code clinic or directed to the University IT helpdesk.